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From triggers to treatment: what is allergic asthma?

Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, affecting millions of people each year. Understanding what triggers this condition and how you can manage it is crucial. CityMD is here to guide you from the basics of allergic asthma from how long it lasts to comprehensive treatment approaches.

What is allergic asthma?

Allergic asthma is a type of asthma triggered by allergens that cause an allergic reaction. It's a chronic condition where exposure to allergens leads to inflamed airways, resulting in symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing.


Allergic asthma: common triggers.

  • Pollen. From trees, grass and weeds.
  • Dust mites. Found in house dust.
  • Pet dander. From animals with fur or feathers.
  • Mold. Can thrive indoors and outdoors.
  • Cockroach waste. Allergens can also come from cockroach droppings.

These triggers cause the immune system to overreact, leading to airway inflammation and symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath. 


How long does allergic asthma last?

Allergic asthma is a chronic condition that can last for a long time, often throughout a person’s life. However, the duration and severity of symptoms can vary widely among individuals.


Managing symptoms.

  • Short-term flare-ups. They typically last from a few minutes to several hours. Managing exposure to allergens can help control the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
  • Long-term control. It requires ongoing treatment. With proper management, individuals can lead normal, active lives despite having allergic asthma.

The key is identifying triggers early and minimizing exposure, which can help manage the condition effectively.


Treating allergic asthma at CityMD.

At CityMD, we understand the challenges those with allergic asthma face and offer a comprehensive approach to managing and treating the condition.


Quick relief.

  • Inhalers (bronchodilators). These are the first line of defense during an asthma attack to quickly relieve symptoms.
  • Rescue medications. Short-acting beta-agonists are commonly used to relax muscles around the airways instantly.
  • Oral steroids. This medication can be prescribed if necessary, depending on the severity of the patient’s symptoms. 


Long-term control.

  • Inhaled corticosteroids are commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation and mucus production in the airways.
  • Leukotriene modifiers help prevent symptoms for up to 24 hours.
  • Allergy medications, including antihistamines and decongestants, can control allergic reactions.


Lifestyle modifications.

  • Avoiding triggers. This is crucial and can be achieved through regular cleaning, using air purifiers or keeping pets out of the sleeping area.
  • Regular check-ups. Monitoring your asthma is key to managing this condition. Regular visits with your healthcare provider can help adjust treatment as needed.



  • Allergy shots. These can help reduce sensitivity to triggers. Regular injections over a period of time can lessen the immune response, potentially leading to fewer and less severe asthma symptoms.


Asthma action plans.

  • Asthma action plan. CityMD can help develop a personalized plan that includes information on your triggers, daily asthma management, medications and advice on how to handle asthma attacks.



Managing allergic asthma effectively involves understanding the triggers, reducing exposure to these triggers and adhering to a treatment plan that may include medications and lifestyle adjustments. Whether you need quick relief from symptoms or long-term management strategies, we’re here to help.

At CityMD, we understand the challenges those with allergic asthma face and offer a comprehensive approach to managing and treating the condition. We can treat acute exacerbation of symptoms in our clinics and refer you to a specialist for long term control and management. 

For more information or to schedule a visit, stop by your local CityMD. Let us help you breathe easier. Managing asthma isn't just about dealing with symptoms—it's about enjoying a full and active life.

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